Boat Writing Contest Underway

BWI’s Annual Writing Contest is open for business with 17 categories funded and offering $17,000 in prize awards. Entering was simplified several years ago by uploading PDF files or URL links. All of the details are included in a brochure posted on this site under the Writing Contest tab ( The electronic entry form ( provides the process for slotting the entry, “doing the paperwork,” and handling member dues or entry fees. BWI members get two free entries; non-members can enter at $50 apiece (or join for $100 and get the two free entries).

This year’s categories include a new one for “Boating Videos.” Several others have recently been redefined, including “Boating Photography,” “Environmental Awareness & Education,” and “Gear, Electronics and Product Tests.” Entries in all categories are welcome from digital-only or print sources (except Boating Videos). Category definitions are included in the contest brochure. Deadline for entries is December 31, 2016.

2016 marks the 24th year of the contest which recognizes the best marine writing in the world and presents cash awards to first- ($500), second- ($300) and third-place ($200) scorers in 17 categories. Presentation of awards will be made at the Miami International Boat Show during the BWI Annual Meeting in February 2017.

Each winner also receives a handsome recognition plaque noting “Excellence in creating compelling stories about the boating lifestyle through entertaining, educational and inspiring journalism.” Certificates of Merit are presented to every writer who scores within 95 percent of third-place winners in each category.